The long-forbidden Tsum Valley was opened to visitors in 2008 and is sometimes combined with the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is located in the trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha. The ‘Hidden Valley’ is a sacred destination for Himalayan pilgrims, due to its isolation and inaccessibility. It is surrounded by the Baudha Himal and Himalchuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and to the north by Shringi Himal. The valley is linked to Tibet by various mountain passes, including the Ngula Dhojyang (5093m) to the east and the Yamro (5326m) to the north.
Below the majestic peaks of Ganesh, Shringi and Baudha, this serene valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The historic remains of the kingdom of Tsum are still visible today. Trails are strewn with mani walls and an astonishing number of stone chortens. The mani wall stones are carved with deities and prayers. Mostly of Tibetan origin, the native people who inhabit this quiet fertile valley speak their own dialect. The word ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan and means ‘bright’. Indeed, the natural beauty of the valley and its inviolate Buddhist culture make this trek one to remember. Places like Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa and Dhephyudonma Nunnery are every bit as enticing as other well-known Buddhist retreats. The famous Tibetan poet hermit, Milarepa, stayed in a cave in the valley.
The trek starts Arughat in Gorkha district, which is easily accessible by bus from Kathmandu. Yatra Himalaya can organise a number of treks in the Tsum Valley, depending on the interest of the particular visitor.